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Christmas Orange Slice Cake

Updated on November 9, 2015

Festive Holiday Cake

Christmas Orange Slice Cake: I have made this delicious cake for Christmas for several years. It quickly became a family tradition. This cake is rich and festive and not difficult to make. It contains no candied fruit. Instead It is full of pecan halves, snipped orange slice candy, dates and coconut in a delicious buttermilk cake with an orange juice glaze. Make your cake two or three weeks before than Christmas to allow it to fully develop its flavors. It would make an impressive presentation for your Christmas dinner dessert.


Assemble Everything You Will Need

To make this cake you will need:

  • 2 large mixing bowls

    2 large wooden spoons

    2 c. glass measuring cup

    kitchen shears

    measuring cups and spoons

    10 inch tube pan

    small sauce pan

    wooden skewer

    table knife.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 to 3 1/2 hours

Serves: 12


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 pound chopped dates
  • 1 pound orange slice candy
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 1/3 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups brown sugar


  1. First preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Lightly butter and flour the 10 inch tube pan.
  3. In one bowl cream butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy. Then add eggs one at a time, beating the mixture well after each addition. In the measuring cup dissolve the baking soda in the buttermilk. The mixture will foam up. Add the buttermilk mixture to the creamed mixture.
  4. Snip the orange slice candies into two or three pieces each with the kitchen shears.
  5. In the other bowl add dates, orange slice pieces, and nuts. Stir to coat all with flour. Then add the flour mixture and the shredded coconut to the creamed mixture. You will need a sturdy wooden spoon. This makes a very stiff dough.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared tube pan. Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  7. Combine the orange juice and the brown sugar in a sauce pan and heat over medium heat until boiling, stirring all the while. As soon as the cake comes out of the oven poke it all over the top with a wooden skewer then pour the boiling mixture over it. Let stand overnight before removing the cake from the pan. Remove carefully. Go all around the outer edge with a table knife and invert carefully.
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Tube Pans

A tube cake pan is best used to bake this cake.

Thanks for visiting. If you decide the try this delicious cake recipe let me know how yours turned out.. Comments?

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      LadyDuck 5 years ago

      Your recipe looks delicious, even if Christmas is far away, I'll try it anyway.

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      Fran Tollett 5 years ago

      The cake stands are very pretty. Thanks for pulling together such a great recipe and everything else I need. :- )